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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Step-By-Step Cereal Mascots

As promised, I've put together a step-by-step overview of how Cereal Mascot Reunion was made, for those of you who are interested in digital art, or just curious about the process. That print was particularly complicated to put together, more so than I think even this step-by-step could portray, so it's a good candidate for this type of breakdown. Hopefully some of you will find it useful:

Anatomy of a Digital Painting: Cereal Mascot Reunion

One obvious question everyone has that isn't addressed on that page is: "How long did it take?" I really have no idea, to be honest. Many, many hours!


Blogger Jake Neale said...

Thankyou for the insight. I never realized there was quite so much to the process. I knew your talent and knowledge was amazing, but this has just increased my respect for your work.
I personally just wouldn't have the patience to go through that, let alone the talent and skill to go with it!
Thanks again.

May 29, 2008 4:04 AM  
Blogger Design Monkey said...

Thoroughly enjoyable tutorial, and I'd love to buy a print of that painting.

May 29, 2008 4:31 AM  
Blogger Adrian said...

Thanks so much for posting that, it was really informative and insightful.

May 29, 2008 5:57 AM  
Blogger Ratexla Kettleburn aka Yoze said...

Thanks, that's fucking insane. :p
*head explodes, indy-nazi style*

I feel like getting some software. And talent. And patience and stuff.

May 29, 2008 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy crap! really great walkthrough, thank you!

May 29, 2008 3:02 PM  
Blogger gracearcasm said...

That was ridiculously complex and amazing.
"We're not worthy! We're not worthy! We suck! We're scum!"

May 29, 2008 5:53 PM  
Anonymous lovin said...

Wow. That was very interesting.
Thanks for posting the process.

May 29, 2008 7:48 PM  
Anonymous jen said...

This is great. Have you ever tried Adobe Illustrator?

May 29, 2008 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to show us the process Rob, realy enjoyed checking it out!


May 30, 2008 6:30 AM  
Blogger E. Kubinek said...

That is a Great tutorial!
(...not that I needed more of a confirmation that I am LIGHT YEARS behind in digital skills, so very sad...)
You would be a really good teacher Rob.
You explain things very very well.

(Have you thought about submitting stuff like this to the various digital art magazines out there? I think you could get published EASILY)

May 30, 2008 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Its3li said...

Fascinating. I don't do digital art (though I do dabble in Photoshop)but I love your work and thoroughly enjoyed this.

May 30, 2008 9:43 AM  
Blogger jenny said...

Amazing! Definitely one of my favorites, along with Presents Opening Children!

May 30, 2008 1:06 PM  
Blogger Selenium_Zero said...

I'm always blown away by the amount of detail you put in. I like to put as much detail into my stuff as I can also. This one is my favorites from your work. Now that I saw how much more detail you actually put in I can admire it much more. Thank you for actually taking the time to go through the process.

May 30, 2008 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Audrey Nein said...

Wow, thoroughness...and truly a great eye fest for the nerd in me. Obviously it also gets me paralyzed from awe to even start thinking about trying something along these lines of mass ambition that goes into this and probably every piece of yours. I can relate to the ungodly amount of layers increasingly gathering in the PS file too, I'd love to find a way to not be so attached to every layer, I just don't want to delete the little bastards...HAHA, that's a sign if any that I should get out and see for myself there's a world beyond this tablet I'm seemingly glued to at times....Hm.
And as for Painter, it came with my tablet but so far I've opened it just to find myself waaay to comfortable to not break new ground (I don't want to go through the total n00b-stage again, I guess simply put I don't want to totally suck...) and so I keep my business in Photoshop exclusively for now. But, I'd love to be able to use, and probably abuse, that program the way I do PS - you have any tips on how to break that ice?

May 31, 2008 8:02 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I just bought the Corel Painter X & Wacom 9x12 Intuous bundle, and am starting to get into it, but man the learning curve is something fierce. I definitely enjoy this guide, it is a huge help. Alas, my painting skills have been dormant for about 8 years, so I'll need to be brushing up on those too.

Hey, if you ever are looking to get rid of that Cintiq....

May 31, 2008 11:21 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

With Painter, just don't get bogged down trying to learn every little thing it does. Play with the tools, and find the ones that work for you, and then just paint. I haven't used probably three quarters of the crap in Painter, and when I paint with it I use the round camel hair oil brush 99 percent of the time. It's good to learn all the different parameters of the brushes you like and how they affect the way they paint (with the camel hair brush, the "feature" slider will dramatically affect how the paint goes down and blends), but Painter is really only good for one thing: Simulating paint. Any kind of image manipulation, filters, layer effects, etc, should always be done in Photoshop: It does it better with a better interface you're probably already familiar with. That's why, in the step-by-step, I'm always going back and forth between Painter and Photoshop, even to do things that Painter could technically do.

June 1, 2008 10:26 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Great advice. I don't expect to become proficient in everything the program has to offer, that's for sure; my initial reservations seem to just be come from how overwhelming it is and trying to figure out where to start. Ultimately, I just need to give myself some time and jump into the damn thing.

Anyway, awesome work as always, and great guide.

June 1, 2008 6:07 PM  
Anonymous tughes said...

I'm amazed at how much thought and detail went into creating the image. Thanks for giving us the background.

You've given a non-artist (me!) a much deeper appreciation and understanding of the creative process.

June 1, 2008 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob, any interest in making any dual monitor wallpapers? (widescreen of course)

June 10, 2008 7:24 AM  
Blogger Mis Personality said...

wow, awesome characters and awesome character portrayals... especially Cap'n Crunch hahah

June 26, 2008 7:22 AM  
Blogger Megan Coyle said...

I really enjoyed looking at your sketch and then referring back to the finished piece. It's wonderful!

June 26, 2008 8:11 AM  
Blogger Dimebag said...

Cool site!

June 26, 2008 9:05 AM  
Blogger Identity said...

I had no idea...thank you for sharing.

June 26, 2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous kyela said...

this is just amazing! great job!Ü

June 26, 2008 9:56 AM  
Blogger Fried.or.Scrambled said...

My Rob's Sketchblog rss feed has been awfully quiet lately...

You doing ok buddy?

June 26, 2008 11:47 AM  
Blogger Mina Jade said...

I like the rabbit-like drawing, but also like the sad dark lady and the snowman.

June 26, 2008 2:04 PM  
Blogger fgfg said...

Your Blog is one of the best I have seen. This artwork is unreal. Please stop by at my blog that I have just started.

June 26, 2008 4:24 PM  
Blogger littlescotia said...

Stumbled in... had a look... pupils dilated... Now, I need to draw something...

June 26, 2008 5:03 PM  
Blogger Hafsa said...

you're awesome... i love your work. you obviously put lot of effort and time in these.

June 26, 2008 5:53 PM  
Blogger ms. froggie said...

holey moley macaroni...this is SOME BLOG. this tutorial, (and, i'm right with you on the "i only use the round camel brush 99% of the time", as i really don't know why that is...same as trad, i suspect, always going for the #8 round kolinsky. habit?)is FANTASTIC. frankenberry always hurt my teeth, to chew those pink shmellows...dunno why that was.

your work is really wonderful...really unique and yet pretty darn universal in your ideas and scope. this was a good stumble for me tonight! thanks, rob!

June 26, 2008 6:54 PM  
Blogger emilyONION said...

cool site!

June 26, 2008 8:00 PM  
Blogger Mazouko said...

I love your stuff, humor and style is great. the present opening children and snowman worship are my favorites. :)

June 26, 2008 9:11 PM  
Blogger DX Jas said...

That was awesome! Truely inspiring. Keep it up!


June 27, 2008 11:02 AM  
Blogger Maegan said...

phenomenal blog design. .brilliant.

June 27, 2008 12:48 PM  
Blogger ashley said...

you got some of the sickest art i have ever seen kepp up the good work!

June 27, 2008 2:39 PM  
Blogger lovemetalrockr said...

Wow! Awesome job man! That is absolutely insane. I love Count Chocoula. Not only is this an utterly awesome and funny concept, but man, you have a LOT of time on your hands!
Rock on.

June 27, 2008 6:54 PM  
Blogger rohit said...


you are fantastic!!!

a kiss for you, my dear friend!

god bless u dear

can we exchange our link

r u ready to do?

June 28, 2008 2:32 AM  
Anonymous San Francisco Photos said...

I like your blog ... it's nicely designed!

June 28, 2008 7:56 AM  
Blogger vistauser18 said...

Wow! That is awesome! I can see now the time sketch artist's put into their work. I am definitely adding you to my Blog updates on my blog. Great stuff!

June 28, 2008 5:43 PM  
Blogger quasivoid said...

Completely genius. I love how you turned something that one would think to be a joyous ocassion into what would probably actually happen. Krusty the clown would be proud. Kudos.

June 28, 2008 5:53 PM  
Blogger petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Your brilliance overwhelms my eyes and mind; I need a pair of sunglasses and brain visor. Incredible work!

June 28, 2008 7:41 PM  
Blogger Creative Student said...

wow, I am so glad i have found your blog! I have recently been struggling with sketching and drawing when concepting ad ideas for my degree so you blog will come in usefull!

Pop over to my blog if you get the chance! :)

June 29, 2008 9:10 AM  
Blogger Rana said...

pretty cool....I like it....

June 29, 2008 9:25 AM  
Blogger R2K said...


June 29, 2008 5:56 PM  

Hello Rob,

I just found your blog today, and I must say it is quite incrediable, I draw and paint too, I'm a complete beiginner, only been doing it for a few months now, but I really enjoy it regardless of how some of them turn out,lol, I think there is alot I can learn from u and look forward to visiting your site again, drop by mine sometime if u have a chance,I just reopened it after being gone for a while. Hope to talk soon, Julian

June 29, 2008 6:07 PM  
Blogger Irene Rexlee said...

wow your blog look great, I enjoy it. Thanks ..^_^..

June 29, 2008 6:50 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

SO Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 30, 2008 8:43 PM  
Anonymous graffiti said...

ouchhhh, i just discover this blog today, that's really impressive !


July 1, 2008 7:53 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

Completely awesome!

I've seen versions of this done before, (although not with the cereal characters) and I love what you've done! I dabble a bit in Photoshop but don't have nearly the same amount of patience as you.


Great work!

July 1, 2008 12:32 PM  
Blogger *MILLY* said...

I love count chocula!

July 1, 2008 4:03 PM  
Blogger juu_bbx said...

i always thought this kinda stuff was a bunch of graphics.

i'm amazed at how people get inspired to come up with such things!

personally i'm kinda a fan of tony the tiger.
never imagined him with a beer belly xD

July 1, 2008 11:40 PM  
Blogger C.B. Canga said...

cool blog here

July 2, 2008 8:28 AM  
Blogger the world 2 me ^.~ said...

Thanks for showing this its pretty interesting to see how its done on the computer, very inspiring!

July 2, 2008 4:04 PM  
Blogger BPELK said...

Wow! They are all awesome!

July 3, 2008 9:32 AM  
Blogger brooxi said...

wow, amazing blog!! You're exceptionally talented. Next, we need the cereal mascots playing poker or something, LOL!

July 4, 2008 9:10 PM  
Blogger alan said...

these files must get huge huh?

July 5, 2008 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to explain this tedious process step-by-step. Your passion for digital art is inspiring...

July 6, 2008 6:46 AM  
Blogger Natalie Very said...

I really do LOVE your art! And thanks a lot for giving the details of the process.
Keep up your great work!

July 6, 2008 6:56 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Dude, I've been dreaming of a cereal mascot reunion for years. Thanks for making the dream a reality.

July 6, 2008 7:25 AM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

I'm a retired art/science teacher...4th grade....and not even in your category..but your work is great, fantastic, the bomb! I wish high school students who are interested in art could see and experience the kinds of things you're into before their teacher stifle their creativity!

July 6, 2008 3:48 PM  
Blogger sk said...

the photographs in your profile are very nice... some wonderful editing i should say...

congrats on being the BLOG OF NOTE
hope you make your graphic novel and your movie.

i like to experiment with paintings.. i would love to know what you think about my paintings on my blog...any feedback is appreciated..

July 6, 2008 8:12 PM  
Blogger pralineswirl said...

Woah with the advent of software that requires scripting and knowledge of yje what and when of clicking you have done a swell job of sketching..where and where do you get the amazing skill from? Were you born with ot or has it been cultivated over sometime? I'd like to know

July 7, 2008 12:33 AM  
Blogger espii said...

Hey man. Nice blog. Nice art too. :s

July 7, 2008 7:14 AM  
Blogger Riko said...

your work is really it! :)

July 7, 2008 6:36 PM  
Blogger anurag said...

nice one, check out mine work

July 8, 2008 10:00 AM  
Blogger D&T Bargain Source said...

Wow! You are very talented. I am an illustrator by day and I am completely astonished at your work. I'm going to continue to look around your blog. Please check out my blog at Kava Kava Blog.

July 8, 2008 10:17 AM  
Blogger PLONK said...

all nice stuff man - love the initial page.


July 9, 2008 1:28 PM  
Blogger Why It's Lame said...

Great stuff.

- Mike
why it's lame

July 13, 2008 1:03 PM  
Anonymous lovin said...

I know that one of these days I'm going to click on here and I'll have some new candy to eye!

You've gotta get one in before the tour starts!!!!


July 14, 2008 6:37 AM  
Blogger Trolleydude said...

Looks like it's shaping up nicely.

July 14, 2008 7:14 AM  
Blogger kicking.and.screaming said...

well.. i cant say i like your stuff.

but i do love that you are doing what you love. and seem happy.

July 19, 2008 2:05 PM  
Blogger Beat Beast said...

I really like you artwork, and how you mix techniques!

July 19, 2008 4:31 PM  
Blogger happyian said...

You are a grown up,
yet you do these things you like.

Good for you.

July 23, 2008 2:22 AM  
Blogger Mhel Bhel Phel said...

Awesome works! I am inspired! Well, I just recently created my own blog about my journey to becoming a designer. Check it out and let me know what you think. There will be more to come! :)

July 28, 2008 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We request an update!! :)

July 28, 2008 10:41 PM  
Blogger Anuj said...

I loved your Blog !!

July 29, 2008 9:23 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I like your art!


July 29, 2008 10:39 AM  
Blogger gracearcasm said...

"update meeeeeeeeeeeee" - Sketchblog

August 1, 2008 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Eazzy | Website Templates said...

wow, i found your blog today and i like your stuff.

August 11, 2008 7:25 AM  
Blogger JFS said...

That is great how you designed the cereal characters like you have. It looks iconic.

August 13, 2008 2:49 PM  
Blogger Fredrik said...

Any chance of ordering one of your prints to Sweden somewhere in the near future. I'll pay for the shipping of course.

August 26, 2008 7:58 AM  
Blogger mixdbrew said...

You are fabulous! I've never seen anything so creative and awesome. WOW!!

September 29, 2008 1:53 AM  
Anonymous hosting service said...

Very interesting

October 8, 2008 12:17 AM  
Anonymous webhosting said...

Very interesting

October 9, 2008 10:19 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

sweet! thats really cool

October 10, 2008 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Wow. Just Wow. This is inspiring in a way little inspires me these days.
Thanks for the effort!

October 22, 2008 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, this was such an amazing read. its not often enough one can find a resource as valuable as this. I just finsihed my design degree, this is the saught of thing that we didn't get taught. thanks so much! I love the final result, jaw dropping.

November 3, 2008 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff, but why no updates since march?

November 6, 2008 5:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff, but why no updates since march?

November 6, 2008 5:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff, but why no updates since march?

November 6, 2008 5:08 AM  
Blogger Delyone kenobi said...

amazing details!

BIG new fan

November 12, 2008 10:42 AM  
Blogger Arjan said...

What are you working on at the moment (work stuff..)?

November 20, 2008 1:21 PM  
Blogger Annette said...

Hi Rob,

Hope you don't mind, but I'm posting a link to your Step-By-Step on our college's Graphic Design Student Group Blog. I'd talked about your post with one of my instructors and she said she thought it would be a great example of process.


December 6, 2008 7:24 AM  
Blogger ~attahrel~ said...

simply awesome...really like your art!!!
**my first visit here...damn it late to be here..tq 4 giving the wallpaper 2 b d/load

December 13, 2008 2:22 AM  
Blogger Selestrielle said...

Merry Christmas!!

(can't believe I still check for updates 6 months after the last post XD)

December 23, 2008 7:37 PM  
Blogger chaitanya.gk said... are just amazing!! Can there be a blog design..more creative than this??

From now..I am a huge fan of you.

- Chaitanya.GK

December 31, 2008 3:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought

I just found CEREAL MASCOT REUNION and just had to get it for my daughter for her birthday !!!! She is going to fuck'n love it !!!!!
Very unique !!

January 8, 2009 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I adore your art and just love how you made them look and the texture of the skin. I love the overall feel and i'm sure everybody growing up on breakfast cereal can relate! They are adorable and it was a brilliant idea. I really enjoy how you put up a tutorial of the sketches and photoshop layers. If you could suggest a good book to me for using the CS and complex photoshop features, I would really appreciate it.

I love your art and I am new fan!

My email is

January 25, 2009 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your art work its very amusing. I look forward to seeing new ones lol. Im guessing that you are probably busy with Nine Inch Nails so I can wait. Im hoping to become a tattoo artist some day and the stuff i have seen here has given me some great ideas! thanks for being an inspiration to me!

my email is wish i could show you some of my artwork.

April 5, 2009 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Cam, York, England said...

Wow, this is facinating. im amazed at how realistic it looks. i never knew digital art could be as good / interesting as normal painting etc

May 16, 2009 5:01 AM  
Blogger jbeverungen said...

i your art.. didnt know that it is so much work.

hahah the rabbit is smoking weed.

keep up your good work.

greets from germany (im sorry for my english xD), jOe!

January 31, 2010 10:25 PM  

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